Suicide Prevention Trainings
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
The Minnesota Community Partners Preventing Suicide Program works with communities to teach people (gatekeepers) how to identify youth at risk and connect them to appropriate care. The following suicide prevention trainings are available for community groups and are delivered by certified trainers. Questions on specific training details can be directed to the youth suicide prevention coordinators. Contact a youth suicide prevention coordinator in your area to bring a training to your community.
At-Risk is a series of three online interactive modules. The modules will help educators and other school staff improve their skills, confidence, and willingness to help students in distress. The training initiative provides free access to Kognito At-Risk for Minnesota districts and schools.
QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1-2 hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers can include anyone who is positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g. parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, caseworkers, police officers). The training is appropriate for high school youth and adults.
safeTALK is a half day training program to educate participants on how to recognize persons at risk for suicide and become comfortable talking to them and connecting them to services. This training is appropriate for nonclinical staff, adults and caregivers. The training can also be provided to high school youth.
ASIST is a two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups, family, friends, and other community members. Participants learn how to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, develop a safety plan and follow up.
LivingWorks Start trains participants to recognize when someone may be thinking about suicide and how to connect them to help and support. LivingWorks Start was developed with input from experts in suicide prevention, education, psychology, public health, social work, faith communities and the military.
LivingWorks Faith is designed for Christian clergy and lay leaders. It is a valuable resource for ministry in many contexts, including parishes, hospitals, the military, schools and the wider community. Blending Scriptural wisdom and proven best practices, LivingWorks Faith is designed for those who want to learn to effectively comfort, intervene and minister around the issue of suicide in their congregations.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour course designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.
Connect Suicide Postvention Training is a half day training that focuses on engaging and building capacity for key service providers who will be involved responding to a suicide or other sudden death in a community. Postvention training is a proactive planning tool to promote healing and reduce risk in the event of a suicide or sudden death.
Contact us at Health.suicideprev.MDH@state.mn.us.